Which EBs have the nicest offices and perks?

Bored during quarantine so thought we could get a light discussion started on which EB has the nicest physical presence.

List the EB, office location and office perks (number of floors, open space, cafeteria, free snacks, gym in building, etc.). I'm at a BB in NYC, whose offices are old and in need of some TLC, so seeing who all have it better haha

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  • Intern in IB-M&A
Apr 23, 2020 - 2:07pm

Not an EB as a whole, but the group is top tier. I've heard HL RX gets $70 a day for meals so they can split that between lunch and dinner

 
  • Intern in IB - Restr
Apr 24, 2020 - 2:44am

If you maxed that out 300 days out of the year that's an extra $21k of value... Do you know which offices this is for?

 
  • Business School in IB - Gen
Apr 23, 2020 - 2:10pm

Gugg has their own. Think GM Building (so PWP would be the EB there), has a gym in it as well

 
  • Business School in IB - Gen
Apr 23, 2020 - 2:09pm

LOL random topic, but curious to hear responses.
Have heard Evercore's NYC offices are a little drab - nice location in Blackrock building though. Read somewhere that they recently expanded their lease (+300K sq/ft) and have a decent number of floors now

 
  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Apr 24, 2020 - 6:54pm

Was in their office last year - although pretty much just in the conference room - but damn was it nice. PWP also was very nice

 
Apr 23, 2020 - 10:42pm

As a former analyst, can confirm! 64 is the client floor and banking groups have a few floors directly below with an interconnecting staircase. North side overlooks Central Park and south side has great views of the city

 
  • Intern in IB-M&A
Apr 23, 2020 - 11:08pm

Agree! Amazing views to enojoy at 3 am with a line of coke and some addy

 
  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Apr 23, 2020 - 2:37pm

Lazard's is not only 30 Rock, but offices are at the top. Great views of Central Park from a few of the conference rooms.

 
Apr 23, 2020 - 2:42pm

Small windows though... i joke but it's true, gorgeous mahogany wood everywhere was tiny windows in every room

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  • Analyst 2 in IB - Ind
Apr 23, 2020 - 2:43pm

PJT's is niceee too. A lot of white marble, but I dig it. Good location at 280 Park (just expanded to another floor), and they have that interconnecting staircase which I'd rather take any day instead of getting on an elevator to get to the next floor

 
  • Business School in IB - Gen
Apr 23, 2020 - 2:48pm

Yeah never thought of this until now, but why do bankers love this interconnecting staircase? I've seen it at a couple shops (PJT, PWP), I'm sure some others have it too. Is it for easier access or maybe higher security (can't drop documents in an elevator, for example)?

 
  • VP in PE - LBOs
Apr 24, 2020 - 11:26am

Not banking of course but Warburg has and incredible glass-encased staircase right in the middle of their office

 
  • Intern in IB-M&A
Apr 23, 2020 - 2:45pm

At PJT we have nearly everything made by famous designers haha, we are literally the most luxurious bankers on the street

 
  • Analyst 2 in IB - Gen
Apr 23, 2020 - 3:41pm

Moelis office in NY is getting completely redone, and they're adding another floor with staircase. A friend who works there said he saw a mockup and it's supposed to be very swanky with emphasis on natural light / plants and shit. Apparently it's currently pretty meh with very little natural light. Can confirm PJT office is very nice with lots of white marble all around - bullpen is standard

 
  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Apr 23, 2020 - 5:45pm

Jefferies just moved into a totally new space in the same building they were in before. It's certainly the nicest: tan stone, glass, interconnecting staircase...feels like a high-end spa

 
  • VP in PE - LBOs
Apr 24, 2020 - 1:15pm

Nice to be in a soothing environment when you're getting reamed at 4am

 
Apr 25, 2020 - 1:30am

I was wondering about this, so in a corporate real estate building, each floor can be done up completely different from the one below them?

I always thought that all the floor in the same building would have a similar type of layout. How vastly different are the Jefferies' new floors compared to old?

 
  • Intern in IB - Ind
Apr 24, 2020 - 2:45am

Can confirm TPH has a bad ass office. Client floors are nice and bullpen is pretty well done also. Not to mention a fully stocked pantry.

CS has an awesome view from one of the highest floors (can't remember which building). BAML was nice but didn't blow me away. I believe Moelis just moved offices or had a big renovation done or something.

 
  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Apr 24, 2020 - 4:11am

EVR Houston has the best coffee machine I've seen at any bank. It had like every type of coffee possible and even hot chocolate (the hot chocolate tasted great).

 
Apr 27, 2020 - 2:27pm

Intrepid's offices are really nice.

TPH's are insane. Someone said it before me, but their client floors resemble a museum.

New BAML ones are great.

Let's be real, V&E's offices are the best.

 
  • Business School in IB - Gen
Apr 23, 2020 - 4:00pm

CVP's office is fantastic. 3 interconnected floors, all very shiny and new, lots of natural light and yeah great cafeteria

 
Apr 23, 2020 - 5:32pm

Is it true they have an in house barista that makes (free) coffee for employees?

Float like a butterfly, sting like the bee.
 
  • Business School in IB - Gen
Apr 23, 2020 - 6:03pm

DB's pretty old now at 60 Wall St., but should be a lot nicer when they move over to their new Columbus Circle digs

 
  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Apr 23, 2020 - 10:49pm

Just a lowly intern but from treks/programs/superdays I think the nice offices are: PJT NYC, Centerview NYC (loved their artwork), William Blair Chicago (insane view of the river), Blackstone NYC (I think I was starstruck and in awe of the clout lol). Sculptor/OZ has an amazing amazing view of Central Park too

 
  • Prospect in IB - CB
Apr 23, 2020 - 11:20pm

not an EB but the Apollo NYC office has the nicest view. kinda stuffy office setting imo like Blackstone, but that Central Park South overview is just beautiful

 
Apr 26, 2020 - 1:50pm

+1 Leon loves his views at 9 West

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Apr 24, 2020 - 8:17am

As far as London EBs go, Centerview has a great location in Pall Mall right in the heart of Mayfair. Pretty sure you can't beat that location as far as London goes. As for interiors, guggenheim(https://www.modus.space/case-studies/guggenheim-partners-london-office/) and HL(https://www.modus.space/case-studies/houlihan-lokey-green-park-london/) have nice offices. I know hw(https://officesnapshots.com/2020/04/07/harris-williams-offices-london/) isn't an EB, but their London office is really well done (except for the bull pen).

 
Apr 24, 2020 - 9:01am

Recruited all over the street and saw a fair amount of offices (in MBA you go to the offices for coffee chats).

The best office:

PJ Solomon.

I'm telling you it's got PJT style marble and glass, but overlooks central park so you have these stunning conference rooms. Lazard defiantly has the best views of both north and south, but their offices are a bit 1970s - PJS has floor to ceiling glass and you can see all the way to the reservoir.

Went to probably every BB and most EBs, so can comment on specifics if anyone is wondering.

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Most Helpful
Apr 24, 2020 - 9:35am

Well, all banks sort of start to look the same from the inside, especially the BBs.

  • MS does have a nice cafeteria and the floor where the Associate Pool sits is a lot of fun, although you need to work in Times Square, so call that a push.

  • JPM is funny, I remember asking "why are there all these framed photos of ships?" and no one knew. They just kind of accepted it as some weird design choice made decades ago.

  • BarCap - about as standard an office as you can get, a bit north of times square so not as bad but Midtown west kinda sucks in general, in my opinion.

    • Credit Suisse - Amazing location, especially when it is warm out. It would also be dope to be able to live in the villages and walk to work. Upstairs...same thing as everyone lol.
  • Citi - interesting location, but a pain to get to if you don't live in WV or Tribeca. They did just finish a really nice renovation and have unreal views of the Hudson. Also have a nice grassy area out front.
  • Guggenheim - they HAD really nice views and a standard office set up but 1 Vanderbilt is slowly cutting off those views as it gets built.
  • Moelis - old school law firm feel.
  • Evercore - Midtown east, standard office layout, nothing super remarkable one way or the other.
  • Lazard - Stunning Views...just stunning. There is also the mall in Rock center to go get Blue Bottle, but getting in and out of rock center kinda sucks, similar to Times Square.
  • GS - Have the nice sky deck lounge area and great views of the harbor. Have a little convenience store and starbucks downstairs.
  • PJT - been talked about, they have a deck too which is nice.
  • GHL - Midtown East, have a deck, standard office layout
  • BAML/DB - Elected not to recruit for these two, though I should have cuz DB's invite only event was at Manhatta.

Would rather not pick favorites cuz again, at 3 AM all these look the same lmao

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  • Intern in IB - Restr
Apr 24, 2020 - 9:56am

Blair's new building is awesome – great view of the river and city. Houlihan has a nice building, tons of marble and an interconnecting staircase. I know Lincoln/BAML are going to be in a new building next year so that will be pretty cool as well.

 
  • VP in PE - LBOs
Apr 24, 2020 - 10:19am

+1 on Blair, great office.

Not IBD but GTCR's office is one of the nicest I've ever seen.

 
Apr 24, 2020 - 1:38pm

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
Apr 24, 2020 - 1:41pm

I mean it clearly is not even close at this point, not sure why senior members are now trying to be a part of the joke or something. Comes across as pretty cringy. It's not 2015 anymore.

 
  • Associate 1 in IB-M&A
Apr 24, 2020 - 12:48pm

Evercore in Menlo is dope. Very modern with lots of glass and natural light everywhere. It's surrounded by trees and has views of the hills. Sucks that it's not in SF proper but is a good trade off.

 
  • Intern in HF - EquityHedge
May 5, 2020 - 2:03am

Not an EB but Platinum Equity's office in Beverly Hills looks like a straight up mansion

 
Apr 27, 2020 - 9:59am

Based on experience and discussions with peers in Chicago:

Lazard, GTCR, and Moelis are in a beautiful building off of LaSalle. Moelis has a gorgeous view of the neighborhoods and coast north of downtown Chicago. Floor-to-ceiling windows, 40+ stories up.

BAML and BMO are both moving into new buildings over the next several years. I haven't seen plans for these buildings, but I am confident that they will be nice.

As others have mentioned, Blair's building affords insane views of the bend in the river. The lobby in their building is beautiful as well. Linden and PWP are also tenants in this same building. Baird, while in one of the older buildings in downtown Chicago, has completed renovation of their workspace--quite nice. JPM, CS, Barclays, and Citi are your run-of-the-mill offices.

Has anyone in Chicago heard of Pritzker's, Thoma's, Citadel's, and MDP's set-ups?

 
Apr 27, 2020 - 1:27pm

Any banks gonna be in One Vanderbilt? That will have sick views

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  • Business School in IB - Gen
Apr 27, 2020 - 2:03pm

TD Bank is moving its US HQ to One Vanderbilt. They're going to have ~4-5 floors dedicated to TD Securities, of which a couple will be for IB.

Not IB, but Carlyle (PE) is moving there as well, from what I hear

 
Apr 28, 2020 - 8:11am

Rothschild hands down has the nicest office (LDN). Super posh with huge framed photos, a panoramic sky room with views of the city and loads of other shit inc gym etc. Also been on the same road since founding back in the 1800s

 
  • Summer Associate in IB-M&A
Apr 29, 2020 - 8:10am

This. Don't think it's a competition. Every month they rotate items and art from the family collection, an in house family archive on site. It's insane.

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